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RI judge tosses patent verdict against Microsoft

AP | JESSICA MINTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal judge in Rhode Island has thrown out a $388 million patent infringement jury verdict against Microsoft.

A jury in April found that Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, had infringed on a patent owned by Uniloc Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Uniloc makes software that prevents people from illegally installing software on multiple computers. Uniloc says Microsoft's Windows XP and some Office programs infringe on a related patent.

U.S. District Judge William Smith dismissed the verdict Tuesday and ruled in Microsoft's favor. He sides with Microsoft's objection to a pie chart Uniloc used at trial showing $19.27 billion as the total revenue from Windows XP and some office programs.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., says it is pleased. Lawyers for Uniloc did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Tellme's Mike McCue Leaving Microsoft | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As part of the transition, Zig Serafin, who has been running a lot of the speech technology efforts for the software giant at its Redmond, Wash., HQ, ...

Microsoft Quarterly Revenue Falls For First Time In 23 Years

AP | JESSICA MINTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. said Thursday its quarterly revenue fell from the previous year for the first time in its 23-year history as a public ...